My Favorite Travel Gear Right Now: 2015

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About once a week, I get asked a question about my travel gear. Whether it's the suitcase vs. backpack query, or someone asking what kind of camera I use, I'm used to fielding these questions with increasing frequency. (After all, everyone loves to peek inside a traveler's bag.)

Since I update my gear from time to time, I thought now would be the perfect time to share another version of a travel gear post. Here's everything I'm loving right this minute:

Travel Gear I Love Right Now

Packing:

Packing cubes

I SWEAR by packing cubes these days, and I never go anywhere without them. It doesn’t matter if I’m traveling with a backpack or suitcase, I always organize my bag with packing cubes. By using these, I never have to dig through piles of clothing in my bag in order to find a particular shirt or pair of jeans – I just grab the packing cube of shirts or bottoms, and boom: easy access and no disorganized mess!

Packing cubes

Osprey Sojourn 

For trips when a backpack isn’t necessary, I’ve started using a convertible 60L Osprey pack. It has sturdy wheels on the bottom, but also comes with removable backpack straps, should you need them. I LOVE this bag – it’s the best of both worlds! – and I've been traveling exclusively with my Osprey for the past year.

Pacsafe Camsafe Venture V25

As someone who travels with a lot of tech (camera, lenses, GoPro, laptop, and more), I'm always on the lookout for the *best* carry-on bag/daypack for all my valuable gear. I currently have an STM Drifter bag, but I have my eye on the Camsafe Venture V25 from Pacsafe right now. It has a dedicated section for a camera and lenses, and then a separate section for everything else. It also has all the anti-theft features that Pacsafe is known for, which draws me to it even more. Having owned two Pacsafe bags in the past, I know the quality of this bag won't let me down. If it goes on sale today, I'm buying it!

Clothing / shoes:

Keen Whisper sandals 

Good for hiking or just walking around in a city, these lightweight Keens are my go-to if I don’t want to take sneakers but still want to have a shoe that will keep my toes protected. They make a version for men, too, so this suggestion isn't just for the ladies!

Whispers

Misc.:

Cocoon silk sleep sheet 

We’ve all experienced questionable sleeping situations on the road. A silk sleep sheet is the answer – it acts like a lightweight sleeping bag, meaning you don’t have to actually touch those sketchy sheets or mattresses, and you can keep cool in any warm-weather camping situations. These also take up virtually NO space in your bag, making it a no-brainer to pack. I'm currently in the very early stages of planning a trip to Africa next year, and this is already on my packing list!

Micro fiber towel 

Traveling with a quick-dry towel is a must for most travelers (me included). I never go on long trips without mine. Even if I’m staying in a hotel where towels are provided, I tend to tuck one of these into my bag, just in case.

Electronics:

Belkin SurgePlus Travel Charger 

With 3 regular (US) outlets and 2 USB outlets, I never travel with out this surge protector. (It also comes in super handy when I find myself in a hotel room or hostel with too few wall outlets – it unfortunately happens more often than I'd like it to!)

Belkin

myCharge power block 

When you use your smartphone, video camera, and other electronics a lot, you run through a lot of battery. I’ve started traveling with a portable charger to make sure I don’t run out of juice in the middle of the day, and this one is fantastic. It's small and portable, but also very versatile with both USB ports and built-in connectors.

Another option: This super beefy charging block by RAVPower would be a great bet, too, especially if you know you use A LOT of power.

Skross World Travel Adapter 

When you're traveling to multiple countries/continents in the same trip, keeping all those outlet adapters organized can be a pain. Enter this awesome little adapter from Skross. It will work in all corners of the world, AND comes with built-in USB ports.

GoPro Hero 4 Silver 

When I finally caved and bought a GoPro, I went for the Hero 4 Silver. Mostly because I didn’t need 4K video and I loved that it has a touchscreen on the back that lets you see what you’re filming/review shots afterwards. This little camera takes great video, and the widescreen angle ensures that you don’t miss anything in your shot.

Olympus Mirrorless Digital Camera

Even though people don't always believe me, I don't travel with a fancy DSLR camera. Currently, I have an older-model Olympus PEN series camera that has served me well for a couple of years now. I love the photo quality of this compact camera so much that I'm planning to upgrade to an Olympus mirrorless in the OM-D line later this year (slightly more fancy than what I have now, but still small and mighty). I currently have my eye on either the OM-D E-M10, or the OM-D E-M5 Mark II – and if either one goes on sale today, I'm going to be snapping one up!

Olympus

 

This of course isn't an exhaustive list of everything I travel with (you can find that here), but these are the things that I'm loving right this minute.

What are some of YOUR favorite travel items that you never leave home without?

 

 

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"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and, if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might get swept off to." - JRR Tolkien

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  1. What a helpful list! I am going to have to invest in some packing cubes. I was really REALLY hoping Prime Day would bring me a new camera. But it doesn’t seem like very many were on special sale. I guess I’ll have to wait until real Black Friday. 😉

      Well, keep an eye out! They’re putting more things on sale all day. 🙂

      But yes, get yo’self some packing cubes!

    Nice thinking!! I was just going to check out amazon deals on my lunch break — thanks for the tips!

      My pleasure! Let me know if you find anything good!

    I actually bought the RAVPower charger a few hours ago, I wish I read this sooner so I could have clicked on your affiliate link. I might consider getting that Belkin travel charger though! Thanks for sharing.

      No worries! That looks like a great power block. 🙂 And yeah, the Belkin power strip seems like such a random thing, but I can’t tell you how many times it’s come in handy!

    Wow! Packing cubes sound so good. It must be so helpful in organizing your stuff. Cool list!

      Yes they’re pretty much the best! I never go anywhere without them!

    Great picks! I have never tried travelling with packing cubes before, but I’m sure they make it a lot easier.

      They make it a ton easier! No more digging around in a bag to find things!

    Packing cubes are such a good idea! I’m a forever traveller and always struggle to find things I need when I’m jumping from place to place and don’t have the time to unpack my own case. I will definitely be investing in these!

    Kirsty xx

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      They are a great investment – and not at all expensive, either. Be warned, though: they will probably change the way you pack forever! Haha.

    I was hoping to see something on here about Tieks, I know you’ve had them for a while now and was wondering if a year later you still felt like they were worth the money.

      I still like my Tieks! And they are still in good shape. But, I have very flat feet and so can’t wear them all day (I have to buy ugly, more practical shoes for doing lots of walking).

    I think GoPro should be my next gear to get. Nice 😀

      For a long time, I resisted. But now that I have a GoPro, I absolutely love it!

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